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Courses in Political Science (POL)

Lower Division

1. American National Government (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Survey of American national government, including the constitutional system, political culture, parties, elections, the presidency, Congress, and the courts. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

2. Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to basic concepts in political analysis and application of them in comparative studies of selected countries. Coverage is given to cultural and other informal dimensions of politics as well as to more formal political and governmental structures. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

3. International Relations (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. International conflict and cooperation, including the Cold War, nuclear weapons, and new techniques for understanding international politics. GE credit: SocSci, SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

4. Basic Concepts in Political Theory (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Analysis of such concepts as the individual, community, liberty, equality, justice, and natural law as developed in the works of the major political philosophers. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.

5. Contemporary Problems of the American Political System (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. In-depth treatment of selected problems and issues of American politics, governmental institutions, and policies. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

7. Contemporary Issues in Law and Politics (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Limited enrollment; open to students having no more than 40.1 units. Seminar focusing on the political dimensions of American law and institutions. Examines the role of courts in resolving contemporary issues of law and politics including abortion, capital punishment, and civil rights. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

12Y. Data Visualization in the Social Sciences (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—1.5 hours; web virtual lecture—1.5 hours. Introduction to quantitative data across the social sciences (Communications, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and other disciplines). Transforming data, describing data, producing graphs, visual reasoning, and interpretations. (Same course as Communications 12Y, Sociology 12Y, Psychology 12Y.) GE credit: QL, VL.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) Cross

51. Scientific Study of Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the basic principles of the scientific study of politics. Research design and empirical analysis of data with applications to different methodological approaches and different substantive areas in political science. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci | AH or SS, QL, SE, VL, WE.

90X. Lower Division Seminar (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing and consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Examines fundamental issues and concepts that shape the study and practice of politics. Students will read, discuss and write about some of the most significant texts in political science in order to develop a foundation for the study of politics.

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

Upper Division

100. Local Government and Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Politics and government of local communities in the United States, including cities, counties and special districts. Emphasizes sources and varieties of community conflict, legislative and executive patterns, expertise, decision making and the politics of structure. Observation of local governing boards. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

102. Urban Public Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended; consent of instructor. Political and economic relationships among central cities, suburbs, and regional, state, and federal governments. Focuses upon policy areas such as poverty, transportation, welfare, and housing, and upon who governs and who benefits from the policies in these areas. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, QL, SS, WE.

104. California State Government and Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended; consent of instructor. The California political system. Political culture, constitution, elections and parties, direct democracy, legislature, governor, executive branch, courts, finances, state-local relations and policy issues. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

105. The Legislative Process (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. The legislative process with emphasis on the United States Congress; legislative organization and procedures, legislative leadership and policy making, legislators and constituents, relations between Congress and other agencies. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

106. The Presidency (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. The American presidencies origins and development; presidential power and influence as manifest in relationships with Congress, courts, parties, and the public in the formulation and administration of foreign and domestic policy; nominations, campaigns, and elections. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

107. Environmental Politics and Administration (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Introduction to the environment as a political issue in the United States and to the development of administrative mechanisms for handling environmental problems. Changing role of Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the courts in environmental policy formulation and implementation. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, QL, SS, WE.

108. Policy Making in the Public Sector (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended; consent of instructor. Theoretical rationale for governmental activity, program evaluation, PPBS, positive theories of policy making, the quantitative study of policy determinants, implementation, and proposals for improved decision making. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, QL, SS, WE.

109. Public Policy and the Governmental Process (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. The processes of formulating public policy, including individual and collective decision making, political exchange, competition, bargaining, coalition formation and the allocation of public goods, resources and opportunities. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, QL, SS, WE.

110. The Strategy of Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Introduction to game theory. Explanation of the behavior of individuals in strategic interaction. Rational and behavioral approaches. Applications to political science and other fields. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | QL, SS, WE.

112. Contemporary Democratic Theory (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Major contemporary attempts to reformulate traditional democratic theory, attempts to replace traditional theory by conceptual models derived from modern social science findings. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WE.

113. American Political Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Origins and nature of American political thought. Principles of American thought as they emerge from the founding period to the present. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, AH or SS, WE.

114. Quantitative Analysis of Political Data (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 51 recommended. Logic and methods of analyzing quantitative political data. Topics covered include central tendency, probability, correlation, and non-parametric statistics. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the use of statistics in political science research. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS or SE, QL, VL, WE.

115. Medieval Political Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Examination of the ideas central to medieval political thinking. Emphasis will be upon the thoughts of the major political thinkers of the period, rather than upon political history. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WE.

116. Foundations of Political Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Analysis and evaluation of the seminal works of a major political philosopher or of a major problem in political philosophy. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.

117. Topics in the History of Political Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. The political thought of a specific historical period. Topics may include: Ancient Athens, the Italian Renaissance, the Enlightenment, or Nineteenth Century Germany. May be repeated once for credit. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

118A. History of Political Theory: Ancient (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Critical analyses of classical and medieval political philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and St. Thomas. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.

118B. History of Political Theory: Early Modern (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Critical analyses of the works of late modern political philosophers such as Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.

118C. History of Political Theory: Late Modern (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Critical analyses of the works of late modern political philosophers such as Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.

119. Contemporary Political Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Contemporary political thought from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis upon an individual philosopher, concept, or philosophical movement; e.g., Nietzsche, Continental political thought, Rawls and critics, theories of distributive justice, feminist theory. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Wrt | AH or SS, WC, WE.

120. Theories of International Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Major contemporary approaches to the study of international politics, including balance of power, game theory, Marxist-Leninist theory, systems theory, and decision-making analysis. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

121. Scientific Study of War (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. An analysis of political processes involved in the initiation, conduct and termination of modern interstate warfare. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | QL, SS, WE.

122. International Law (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Selected topics in international law; territory, sovereign immunity, responsibility, the peaceful settlement or nonsettlement of international disputes. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

123. The Politics of Interdependence (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. In the past several decades, growing economic interdependence has generated new problems in international relations. Course deals with difficulties in managing complex interdependence and its implication on national policies and politics. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

124. The Politics of Global Inequality (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion_1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Analysis of current economic and political international relations resulting from a long standing division of the global system into rich and poor regions. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

126. Ethnic Self-Determination and International Conflict (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Compares the claims of the state and ethnic peoples in countries undergoing internal conflicts; e.g., South Africa, Northern Ireland. Analyzes the role of the international community in facilitating the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt |  SS, WC, WE.

129. Special Studies in International Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Intensive examination of one or more special problems in international politics. May be repeated one time for credit when different topic is studied. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.— W.

130. Recent U.S. Foreign Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Broad survey of the development of U.S. foreign policy in twentieth century with emphasis on transformation of policy during and after World War II, and the introduction to analytic tools and concepts useful for understanding of current foreign policy issues. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

131. Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Detailed presentation and examination of the formulation of execution of U.S. foreign policy. Survey of numerous factors influencing policy outcomes and how such determinants vary according to policy issue areas. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

132. National Security Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Development of national security policies since 1945. Analysis of deterrence and assumptions upon which it is based. Effects of nuclear weapons upon conduct of war, alliance systems, and the international system. Prospects of security and stability through arms control. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

134. Africa and U.S. Foreign Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Overview of American foreign policy toward Africa. Relationship to global adversaries. Legacies of colonialism. Challenge of national self-determination and white racism. Policies on non-alignment, producer cartels, multinational corporations, continental integration and trade and aid relations. Offered irregularly.

135. International Politics of the Middle East (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Restricted to upper division standing. International politics of the Middle East as a microcosm of world politics. The Middle East as a regional system. Domestic and International Politics in the Middle East. Changing Political Structures in the Middle East. Superpower involvement in the Middle East. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

136. The Arab-Israeli Conflict (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Causes, course, and implications of Arab-Israeli conflict. Competing Israeli and Arab narratives, politics of force, diplomacy. Domestic politics and A-I conflict, the superpowers and the A-I conflict, A-I conflict and world politics, potential solutions. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

137. International Relations in Western Europe (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended. Analysis of European unity, problems of the Atlantic alliance, Atlantic political economy, East-West relations, communism in Western Europe and the relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

139. Special Studies in Foreign Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Extensive examination of one or more special problems in foreign policy. May be repeated one time for credit. Offered irregularly.

140A. Comparative Political Institutions: Electoral Systems (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Workings of electoral institutions, focusing on systems used to elect presidents and assemblies, pass laws, and generally make decisions. Examples from systems throughout the world, including cases from both the advanced industrial and developing worlds. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | QL, SS, WE.

140B. Comparative Political Institutions: Parties (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. The factors shaping political parties and their role in democratic representation. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WE.

140C. Comparative Political Institutions: Legislatures (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. Examination of legislatures from a comparative perspective. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

140D. When Institutions Fail (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Examination of factors contributing to the success and failure of political institutions. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: QL, SS, WE.—F, S. (F, S.)

140E. Policy-Making Processes (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Comparative analysis of policy-making in the U.S. and other countries. Offered irregularly. GE credit: QL, SS, WE.—F, S. (F, S.)

142A. Comparative Development: Political Development in Modernizing Societies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. Nature and sequence of political development; its economic and social concomitants; role of elites, military, bureaucracy, and party systems; social stratification and group politics; social mobilization and political participation; instability, violence, and the politics of integration. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

142B. Comparative Development: Politics and Inequality (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. Linkages between politics and the distribution of social and economic goods. Impact of civil rights legislation, the politics of welfare states, and the effects of political participation on the distribution of goods. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

142C. Comparative Political Development: Democracy and Democratization (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Examination of conditions promoting democratization and democratic stability. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SS, WE.—F, S. (F, S.)

143A. Latin American Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Issues related to democratic consolidation in Latin America, with a regional focus on South America. Topics include transitions to democracy, the role of the military, political economy, and political behavior. Offered irregularly.  GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

143B. Mexican Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Introduction to the politics of contemporary Mexico. Focus on rise, fall, and aftermath of Mexico's one-party dominant system. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt |  SS, WC, WE.

144A. Politics of Post-Communist Countries: East European Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Post-war democratization, state-building and economic reform in East European states. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

144B. Politics of Post-Communist Countries: Russia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Democratization, state-building and economic reform; creation of new institutions; impacts of Soviet rule. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

146A. Politics of Africa: Issues in Contemporary African Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. African politics since the end of the Cold War. Topics include: Strategic Security Approach, Democratization, Human Rights, HIV/AIDS, African Peacekeeping, Terrorism, Religious and Ethnic Conflict, Debt and Stalled Development. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

146B. Politics of Africa: Development in Africa (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Political and economic development within Sub-Saharan Africa. States and institutions, democracy, party systems, military coups/rule, bureaucracy/corruption, race/ethnicity, national/regional integrations, trade unions, economic development strategies, class formation, and women's roles and ideology. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

147A. West European Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. The evolution, politics, and contemporary problems of selected political systems of Western Europe. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

147B. West European Politics: British Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. The evolution, politics, and contemporary problems of Britain's political system. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

147C. West European Politics: French Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. The evolution, politics and contemporary problems of France's political system. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

147D. West European Politics: German Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Political Science & International Relations Majors. Evolution, politics and contemporary problems of Germany's political system. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

148A. Government and Politics of East Asia: China (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Evolution of political institutions and political culture in China with emphasis on the post-1949 period. Primary attention to nationalism, modernization and political efficacy. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

148B. Government and Politics in East Asia: Japan (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Japanese politics, with an emphasis on the postwar period. Particular emphasis on political parties, elections, political economy, and social problems. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

148C. Government and Politics in East Asia: Southeast Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended. Evolution of political institutions and economy of selected nations in Southeast Asia. Emphasis on imperialist legacy, nation building in multi-ethnic communities, and contrasts in economic performance. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | SS, WC, WE.

150. Judicial Politics and Constitutional Interpretation (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Politics of judicial policy making, issues surrounding constitutional interpretation and decision making, prerequisite for courses on the politics of constitutional law. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

151. The Constitutional Politics of the First Amendment and the Right to Privacy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. The constitutional politics surrounding such issues as the right to free expression, associational rights, the right to free exercise of religious beliefs and the right to privacy. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

152. The Constitutional Politics of Equality (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Constitutional politics of equality in the American political system; issues surrounding constitutional doctrine and judicial policymaking; special attention on racial and sexual equality. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

153. The Constitutional Politics of the Justice System (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Constitutional politics of the American criminal justice system. Issues surrounding constitutional doctrine and judicial policymaking on issues such as search and seizure. Arrest, trial, incarceration and other issues of due process. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

154. Legal Philosophy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Analysis of the nature and functions of law; law as an instrument of social control and the relationship between law and morality. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

155. Judicial Process and Behavior (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Analysis of the behavior of judges and courts in the political process. Techniques of judicial decision making. Relationships among courts and other decisionmaking bodies. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

160. American Political Parties (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Analysis of the structured operations of the party system in the United States; party functions and organizations, nomination processes, campaigns and elections, party trends and reforms. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, QL, SS, WE.

162. Elections and Voting Behavior (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Analysis of American elections and partisan behavior; political socialization, political participation, partisanship and individual and group determinants of voting. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

163. Group Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Groups, institutions and individuals, especially in American politics. Historical and analytical treatment of group theories as applied to interest groups (especially labor, business, agriculture, science, military); to racial, ethnic and sectional groups; to parties, public and legislative groups, bureaucracies. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

164. Public Opinion (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended; consent of instructor. Nature of public opinion in America as it is supposed to be and as it is. Distribution of opinions among different publics and the significance of that distribution for system stability and institutions. Opinion polling and its problems. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

165. Mass Media and Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Organization of and decision making within the media; media audiences and the effect of the media on attitudes and behavior; the relationship of the government to the media (censorship, secrecy, freedom of the press, government regulation); the media in election campaigns. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

166. Women in Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour or seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. The role of women in American politics. Historical experiences; contemporary organizations and strategies; areas of legislative concern; the impact of differences in social class, race, and ethnicity upon the involvement of women in politics. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

168. Chicano Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Political aspects of Chicano life in America; examines the Chicanos political role as it has been historically defined by different groups in society and the Chicanos responses to his/her political environment. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

170. Political Psychology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Overview to the growing literature on political psychology. Introduction to how psychological concepts (personality, attitudes, stereotypes, heuristics, affect, identity, group dynamics) help us understand how citizens think about politics. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

171. The Politics of Energy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Nature and performance of political processes for making energy choices at the international, national and state levels. Interaction of energy policy with other political goals and the ability of governmental institutions to overcome constraints on policy innovation. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

172. American Political Development (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Systematic analysis of contemporary issues in American political development: historical determinants of political change; the timing and character of institutional development; conditions for successful political action. Democratization, cultural change, party formation, state-building, constitutionalism, race relations. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

174. Government and the Economy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Political basis of economic policy (taxation, spending and regulation); impact of prices, employment and growth on political demands; elite responses to economic conditions; policy alternatives and the public interest. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

175. Science, Technology, and Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended; consent of instructor. Analysis of policymaking for science and the use of scientific expertise for making decisions about technology. Topics include funding of basic research, relationship of science to technological development, science and military policy, technological risks, technology assessment and scientists and politics. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | QL, SS, WE.

176. Racial Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. Race, racial attitudes and racial policies in the United States with a specific emphasis on African Americans. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt | ACGH, DD, SS, WE.

179. Special Studies in Comparative Politics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. Intensive examination of one or more special problems appropriate to comparative politics. Coverage is given to formal and informal political institutions, economically developing and developed countries, and non-democratic, democratic, and democratizing countries. May be repeated one time for credit. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

180. Bureaucracy in Modern Society (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 or course 2 recommended; consent of instructor. Role of bureaucracy in a complex society, with emphasis upon changing relationships between government and the economy; consequences of rapid technological and social change for bureaucratic structures and processes; the problems of reconciling expertise and democracy and increasing the responsiveness of public bureaucracy. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

183. Administrative Behavior (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 recommended. The implications for American public administration of evolving concepts about behavior in organizations. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | ACGH, SS, WE.

187. Administrative Theory (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 4 recommended. Historical and critical analysis of the principal theories of organization and management of public agencies in light of such concepts as decision making, bureaucracy, authority and power, communication and control; examination of role of government bureaucracies in the total society. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

190. International Relations (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3 recommended; consent of instructor. Analysis and evaluation of substantive issues in contemporary international relations. Readings drawn from current academic and non-academic periodicals. GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | SS, WE.

192A. Internship in Public Affairs (5)

Prerequisite: enrollment dependent on availability of intern positions with highest priority assigned to students with Political Science–Public Service major; upper division standing. Supervised internship and study in political, governmental, or related organizations. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, WE.

192B. Internship in Public Affairs (5)

Prerequisite: course 192A; enrollment dependent on availability of intern positions with highest priority assigned to students with Political Science–Public Service major; upper division standing. Supervised internship and study in political, governmental, or related organizations. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, WE.

193. Research in Practical Politics (2)

Research project—6 hours. Prerequisite: courses 192A, 192B; open only to Political Science–Public Service majors, for whom it is required. Supervised preparation of an extensive paper relating internship experience to concepts, literature, and theory of political science. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WE.

193W. Washington Center Research Seminar (4)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour; independent study—3 hours; tutorial—0.5 hour. Prerequisite: course 192W concurrently. Core academic component of Washington Program. Topics coordinated with internships. Research draws on resources uniquely available in Washington, DC. Supervised preparation of extensive paper. (Same course as UC Davis Washington Center 193.) GE credit: SocSci, Wrt | OL, SS, WE.

194HA. Special Study for Honors Students (4)

Seminar—2 hours; independent study—2 hours. Prerequisite: major in Political Science with upper division standing and a GPA of 3.500 in the major. Directed reading, research and writing culminating in preparation of a senior honors thesis under the direction of faculty adviser. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci |  OL, SS, VL, WE.

194HB. Special Study for Honors Students (4)

Seminar—2 hours; independent study—2 hours. Prerequisite: major in Political Science with upper division standing and a GPA of 3.500 in the major. Directed reading, research and writing culminating in preparation of a senior honors thesis under the direction of faculty adviser. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SocSci |  OL, SS, VL, WE.

195. Special Studies in American Politics (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and upper division standing. Intensive examination of one or more special problems appropriate to American politics. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. GE credit: SocSci | ACGH, SS, WE.

196A. Seminar in American Politics (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division political science major or consent of instructor. Intensive reading, discussion, research, writing in American politics. Topics may include Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, federalism, voting behavior, interest groups, ethnic groups or other topics with a more specialized content than normal course offerings. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. GE credit: SocSci | ACGH, SS, WE.—F, W, S.

196B. Seminar in Comparative Politics (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division political science major or consent of instructor. Intensive reading, discussion, research, writing in comparative politics. Topics may include one country or geographical area, political institutions or behavior across countries, political development, or other topics that are more specialized than normal course offerings. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WE.

196C. Seminar in International Relations (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division political science major or consent of instructor. Intensive reading, discussion, research, writing in international relations including study of international political institutions (UN, EU, or NATO) or interstate relations (war, trade, immigration) and other topics with more specialized content than normal course offerings. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WE.

196D. Seminar in Political Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division political science major or consent of instructor. Intensive reading, discussion, research, writing in political theory. Topics may include study of a single political thinker, a group of related thinkers, development of political concepts, or other topics with more specialized content than normal course offerings. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. GE credit: SocSci | SS, WE.

196E. Seminar in Research Methods (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: upper division political science major or consent of instructor. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in research methods such as research design, statistics, game theory. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. GE credit: SocSci | QL, SS, VL, WE.

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)

Graduate

201. Urban Government and Politics (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Survey and analysis of the literature in the field of local government and politics in the United States. Approaches to the study of political reform, local autonomy, community power, representation, expertise, service delivery, policymaking and political change. Offered in alternate years.

202. American State Government and Politics (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Survey and analysis of the literature in the field of state government, politics, and policy. Approaches to the study of the American states as political systems, including their governing institutions and processes and their role in the Federal system. Offered in alternate years.

203A. American Government: The Presidency (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students only. Thorough overview of the current research on political executives, with particular emphasis on the American presidency. Two principal goals: the development of important and innovative student research programs; and adequate preparation for qualifying examinations.

203B. American Government: Congress (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students only. Thorough overview of the current research on Congress, with particular emphasis on political representation. Two principal goals: the development of important and innovative student research programs; and adequate preparation for qualifying examinations.

203C. American Government: Courts (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Survey and analysis of the literature in the field of American government with a focus on courts. Emphasis on the development and testing of theories of behavior and processes.

207. Environmental Public Policy (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Analysis of the interface between the world of academic reflection about ecological and environmental problems and the world of political action. Evaluation of alternative approaches to policy analysis and recommendation. Individual research, including field research, will parallel discussion of the literature.

208. Policy Analysis (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Social science techniques applied to public policy formation and evaluation.

209. The American Political System (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students only. Analysis of selected theoretical and empirical issues posed by contemporary research in American government and politics.

210. Research Design in Political Science (4)

Seminar—3 hours; discussion/laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to philosophy of science and research design for political science. Topics include: logic of empirical research, overview of research design approaches for political science research.

211. Research Methods in Political Science (4)

Seminar—3 hours; laboratory/discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Pass One open to graduate majors; Pass Two open to graduate students. Introductory seminar on the foundations of probability theory and mathematical statistics that are critical to empirical investigations in political science.—F. (F.) Joyce

212. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science I (4)

Seminar—3 hours; laboratory/discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 211. Pass One open to graduate majors; Pass Two open to graduate students. Seminar provides students with an introduction to the linear regression model. Students who complete the course will have a working knowledge of basic regression techniques and problems.—W. (W.) Huckfeldt

213. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science II (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: courses 211, 212. Pass One open to graduate majors; pass 2 open to graduate students. More advanced topics in the use of statistical methods, with emphasis on political applications. Topics include: properties of least squares estimates, problems in multiple regression, and advanced topics (probit analysis, simultaneous models, time-series analysis, etc.).

214A. Research in Political Science (4)

Discussion—2 hours; lecture—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: course 213. Advanced level graduate students in the Department of Political Science only. Research seminar sequence required of all Ph.D. students. Design, execution, and defense of an original piece of research in political science, culminating in a paper of publishable quality. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.)

214B. Research in Political Science (4)

Discussion—2 hours; lecture—1 hour; term paper. Prerequisite: courses 212 and 214A. Advanced level graduate students in the Department of Political Science only. Research seminar sequence required of all Ph.D. students. Design, execution, and defense of an original piece of research in political science, culminating in a paper of publishable quality. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.)

215. Introduction to Modeling Political Behavior (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: courses 211, 212. Pass One open to graduate majors; pass 2 open to graduate students. Introduction to formal and game theoretic analyses of politics. Students will learn basic game theory and modeling skills. We examine the benefits of modeling, and look at examples of formal analysis in a variety of political science subfields.

216. Qualitative Research Methods (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Methodology for utilizing theoretically-oriented case studies and controlled comparison of a small number of cases to develop and test theories. Examination of how the case study method compliments experimental, statistical and deductive modes of research. Offered in alternate years.

217. Social Choice Theory and Spatial Modeling (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Introduction to social choice theory and formal spatial modeling including Arrow's Theorem, the paradox of voting, cycling and agenda control. Focus on mastering modeling techniques as well as interpretation of classic works. Offered in alternate years.

218. Topics in Political Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Topics vary and may be the work of a single theorist, time period, or political concept, such as justice. May be repeated three times for credit when topic differs.

219A. Political Theory Sequence (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Survey of the great works in ancient and medieval political theory including such writers as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, Aquinas, Alfarabi and Marsilius. Discussion of various interpretations of these authors. Offered in alternate years.

219B. Political Theory Sequence (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Survey of the great works in early modern to contemporary political theory including such writers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, and Rawls. Discussion of various interpretations of these authors. Offered in alternate years.

219C. Contemporary Political Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Survey of important works in contemporary political theory including such writers as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Rawls, Nozick, Sandel. May be repeated for credit if topic differs.

220. Seminar in Political Theory (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Open to graduate students only. Introduction to political theory and current debates over its study. Readings from and textual interpretations of political theory including the Federalist Papers and major works by thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Rawls. Other readings addressing issues of textual interpretation.

223. International Relations (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper.

225. The International System (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Analysis of the international system by means of theory formulation and integration; critique of research designs; use of various techniques of data generation and analysis.

226. Seminar in International Political Economy (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students. Research in international political economy. Structure of the global economy, as well as specific dimensions of international economic relations, including trade, capital flows, global production structures, and migration. Offered in alternate years.

230. American Foreign Policy (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper.

231. U.S. Political Culture and Foreign Relations (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Relates U.S. political culture to formulation of foreign policy. Analyzes American ideological preferences in historical perspective, contemporary public opinion, decision making and implementation. Concludes by examining linkages between foreign policy behavior and democratic process. Offered in alternate years.

241. Communist Political Systems (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 141 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor. Systematic analysis of selected topics dealing with the political process of communist political systems.

242. Seminar in Comparative Politics (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Systematic survey of theories and methods used in the study of comparative politics.

243. Comparative Institutional Change (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students. Comparison of institutional changes in countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the period of transition to democracy. Special attention to institutions of mass representation—electoral and party systems and national legislatures. Offered in alternate years.

246. Policymaking in Third-World Societies (4)

Seminar—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Included in an analysis of policymaking process in Third-World countries are such topics as political resources, institutional resources, decision making, resource allocations, planning, and budgeting, implementation, and distribution of world resources. Offered in alternate years.

250. Policy Development and Impact in U.S. Courts (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Thorough overview of the literature regarding courts as policymaking institutions of government, with emphasis on the formation and implementation of judicial policy. Differences and similarities across the judicial, congressional, and executive branch policy processes. Offered in alternate years.

260. Political Parties (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Survey of selected topics in American and comparative parties.

261. Political Behavior (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Survey of selected topics in political behavior and public opinion. May be repeated three times for credit when topic differs.

274. Political Economy (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students. Politics of economic policy as reflected in taxation, spending and regulation; impact of prices, employment, and growth on political demands; government responses to economic conditions; electoral politics and the political business cycle. Offered in alternate years.

279. Political Networks: Methods and Applications (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Structure of political networks, socio-matrices and affiliation networks; general networks characteristics: density, centralization, polarization, interdependence, dyadic and triadic characteristics: structural and role equivalence; subsets of networks: cliques, blocks and bloc modeling; characteristics of individuals in networks: centrality and prestige.

280. Bayesian Methods: for Social and Behavioral Sciences (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 212 or equivalent. Pass One open to graduate majors only; Pass Two open to graduate students. Methodology seminar introducing Bayesian quantitative methods to issues and problems in political science and other social and behavioral sciences. Offered in alternate years.

281. Statistical Computing Issues in Political Science (4)

Seminar—3 hours; discussion/laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 213 or equivalent. Restricted to graduate standing. Methodology seminar introducing computing issues in empirical models for political science and other social and behavioral sciences. Offered in alternate years.

282. Advanced Modeling of Political Behavior (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 215 or equivalent. Restricted to graduate standing or with instructors permission. Applications of formal theory to political science. Review of relevant contributions in other social sciences. Consideration of advanced techniques in game theory. Rational and behavioral approaches.

283. Organizational Behavior (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Organizational behavior as it relates to public sector decision making.

284. Advanced Network Analysis (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 211, 212, 279. Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMS) of networks, game theoretic models of network formation and network dynamics, diffusion processes, shocks and network collapse, percolation, cross-network spillover processes, social and political applications of advanced network models. Offered in alternate years.—Maoz, Zeev

290A. Research in American Government and Public Policy (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students. Special research seminar on problems and issues in the study of American government and public policy. May be repeated up to 6 times for credit if topic differs.

290B. Research in Political Theory (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students only. Special research seminar on problems and issues in the study of political theory. May be repeated six times for credit if topic varies.

290C. Research in International Relations (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students only. Special research seminar on select problems and issues in the study of international relations. May be repeated six times for credit if topic varies.

290D. Research in Judicial Politics (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing in political science or consent of instructor. Contemporary research on judicial politics, judicial institutions, jurisprudence, and judicial behavior.

290E. Research in Political Parties, Politics, and Political Behavior (4)

Seminar—4 hours. Special research seminar on selected problems and issues in the study of political parties, politics, and political behavior.

290F. Research in Comparative Government and Policy (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Restricted to graduate students only. Special research seminar on select problems and issues in the study of comparative government and policy. May be repeated six times for credit if topic varies.

290G. Research in Methodology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 212. Special research seminar on selected problems and issues in methods in political science. May be repeated three times for credit if topic varies.

297. Internships in Political Science (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: open only to persons who have internships or other positions in governmental agencies, political parties, etc. Application and evaluation of theoretical concepts through work experience or systematic observation in public and political agencies. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

(S/U grading only.)

299. Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

299D. Directed Reading (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

Professional

390. The Teaching of Political Science (1)

Seminar—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate student standing in Political Science. Methods and problems of teaching political science at the undergraduate level. (S/U grading only.)

396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

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